The Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) at the University of Johannesburg
Working together to make evidence-informed decision-making a reality in Africa
Led by Prof Ruth Stewart, our vision is to reduce poverty and inequality in our region by increasing the production and application of research evidence that is both useful and used. We are an international multi-disciplinary team working across the continent. We have a track record for high quality collaborative work with strong partnerships with governments, universities and NGOs. One of our key areas of work is to provide the secretariat for the Africa Evidence Network, via our team below. You can read more about our work here.
Our support to the Africa Evidence Network began on a voluntary basis in 2012. Between 2014 and 2016 it was funded under the umbrella of our University of Johannesburg-based programme to build capacity to use research evidence (UJ-BCURE). Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), UJ-BCURE worked with a network of partners from across Africa, including the South African Cochrane Centre, the Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Stellenbosch, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the EPPI-Centre and many others. Our goal was to increase the use of evidence in decision-making in the governments of Malawi and South Africa. You can read more about that work via our ACE website. Currently the AEN is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Ruth Stewart, Chairperson of the Africa Evidence Network
Siziwe Ngcwabe, Africa Evidence Network Senior Manager
In 1997-2000 she worked as a social worker with SANCA in Carletonville and during this period she volunteered for a number of community based organisations to expand my knowledge and expertise. In 2001-2007 she was tasked by Heartbeat Centre for Community Development to establish and develop an Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program in Carletonville. During her stay at Heartbeat she held a number of positions (Community Development Facilitator, Operations Manager Capacity building and psycho-social support). In 2007-2014 she worked for Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) Organisational Development coordinator and during her stay she held a number of positions (Community Development Advisor, Organisational Development Specialist and Head of Department (HOD) Gender Based Violence (GBV). In 2014 to 2017 she worked as Technical Advisor: Isibindi programme for FHI 360 (seconded to the National Department of Social Development). She’s currently a senior manager at the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) at the University of Johannesburg. She is an experienced social worker and project manager, with 21 years of experience doing work for non-governmental organisations, commercial companies, international donors and government.
Precious Motha, Africa Evidence Network Coordinator